Girah Tried Her Best to Support Her Youngest Son

Apart from peddling her sales, Girah (60) also has to pay extra attention to her youngest Satrio (11) who is a child with special needs. Girah is a single mother who is now the breadwinner for all of Satrio’s needs.

Girah’s source of income is a nasi uduk stall in front of her house in Sawah Lama Village, East Ciputat District, South Tangerang. (ACTNews/Reza Mardhani)

ACTNews, TANGERANG SELATAN – Satrio (11) brought banana stalks asked for a knife to his mother. Initially, Girah (60) did not give it but after Satrio whined until he screamed, Girah was forced to give it and told him to be careful. Only then did Satrio calm down, focusing on the banana stalks that were his toys.

“He’s always been like that, if I do not give it to him he will cry and get angry,” Girah explained about her youngest son’s conditions. Satrio has special needs. Hence, it takes extra efforts for Girah to take care of her son.

Her husband passed away five years ago. She is now the only one in charge of Satrio. His siblings, who are now married, provide financial assistance for Girah every once in a while. Even so, Girah tries to support herself and Satrio on her own because she thought her children’s needs were already too much.

A nasi uduk stall stands in front of her house in Sawah Lima Village, East Ciputat District, South Tangerang. It is the only source of income for her. Lately, she has also sold snacks and instant drinks because selling nasi uduk during the pandemic do not meet her daily needs.

Apart from selling, Girah’s focus now is to take care Satrio who is a child with special needs.  (ACTNews/Reza Mardhani)

“Sometimes, the capital does not return because of not many buyers. For nasi uduk, mostly I don’t get much profit. For example, for this 2 liter worth of nasi uduk, I earn only IDR15,000. This money is not enough to buy rice,” said Girah on Friday (3/19/2021).

Usually, Girah goes around the neighborhood to sell her homemade cookies using big plastic bags. Not to forget, she brings along Satrio. According to Girah, selling homemade cookies is more profitable than selling nasi uduk,  especially in Ramadan.

Amid her struggle, Girah was also constrained by the capital.  She was indebted to a moneylender. “ For IDR 1 million loans, they will give us only IDR900,000, and the installments are IDR50,000 per day for 24 days. It is hard because I have to get that money every day. My loan is about IDR200,000 left.” Sometimes, she tells honestly to the moneylender that she does not have money for that day and will pay double for the next day.

Hoping for Longevity for Satrio’s Sake

Satrio was diagnosed with varve regurgitation when he was just born. At that time, with the help of donors, the surgery went smoothly. However,  after one year of treatment, Satrio no longer consulted with the doctor in the hospital due to financial problems.  Until now, Satrio is still suffering from chest pain. “Yesterday he complained, ‘mom, my chest hurts and I feel tired.’ Maybe he was short of breath. I told him to rest and then took him to the community health center. I did not have to pay because I have the National Health Insurance,” said Girah.

Thanks to the donors, Satrio had once gone to a special school. Due to cost reasons, Satrio had to stop. Now, Girah devotes her life to her youngest son. She hoped to take care of Satrio until he grows up. “ I hope for longevity for Satrio’s sake,” hoped Girah tearfully.

Hakim from the Global Wakaf-ACT team explained that Global Wakaf- ACT through Waqf for Indonesian Micro Businesses tried to help Girah’s business. It is hoped that the Waqf Cart assistance could help Girah’s business to develop more.

“Apart from the business, we also need generous support for the needs of Ibu Girah and her youngest son. Together, let’s lighten up the burdens of our brothers and sisters,” said Hakim.[]